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Beef Empanada
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How to Make Beef Empanada

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 30 pcs
Author: Manny


  • 3 cups cooking oil for deep-frying

For the filling:

  • 1 kilo ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika optional
  • 2 large potatoes cut into small cubes
  • 1 large red or green bell pepper cut into small cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 Tbsp.  cooking oil for sauteing

For the Dough

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp.  shortening or butter
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vinegar


    How to make Beef Empanada:

    • Fry the potatoes until golden brown, then set aside.
    • Saute the garlic and onion for a minute, then add the beef and stir fry for a few minutes until almost fried.
    • Add the bell peppers, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside and cool down completely.
    • To make the dough, mix all dry ingredients together: flour, sugar and salt.
    • Mix in the shortening, continue mixing until the mixture is uniform in texture.
    • Mix together the eggs, vinegar and cold water. Add into the flour and shortening mixture.
    • Mix together until smooth, do not knead. Then wrap in plastic sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to use.
    • To make the empanada : Cut the dough into approximately 1/3 cup measure, roll like a ball.
    • Flatten each ball into 5 inch diameter circle and fill the top half with 1 1/2 tablespoons beef filling.
    • Fold the bottom half over and seal the edges using a fork.
    • Do the same thing on the rest of the ingredients then refrigerate for few hours.
    • In a deep frying pan, heat up cooking oil, and deep-fry the empanada until golden brown.